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Camden has been no stranger to breeding ear striking and imagination stirring artists over the decades and so it continues with THE MERCANARIES, a four strong indie/punk band. Creating a sound as addictive to feet and hips as it is to ears, the band has been billed as “the most exciting band to come out of London for years.”
Comparisons to the likes of Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses have also been laid upon the quartet yet their music is undoubtedly unique, continually luring an increasingly growing and loyal following as The Mercanaries dynamically spice up the capital’s live scene.
Performing at one of FFRUK’s Reggae Punk Nights at The Dublin Castle, the band took time out before playing to talk with FFRUK TV’s SEGS JENNINGS (Ruts DC) and TARA REZ (The Duel). Introductions led to the band offering an insight into the band from their beginnings to the raw and organic essence of their sound, and the rewards of occasional made-up lines to lyrics to hopes ahead. With a thrilling slice of the band live on the night in the song, “Hard to Please”; this is The Mercanaries!
The Duel 2014
Tara Rez with Andy Thierum, Chris McDougall, Steve Zuki , at FFR UK Reggae Punk Nights, 12 Bar in Soho London
FANCY FOOTWORK is ANGIE BOWIE’s poetry collection from the early 1970s spanning nearly 50 years and published by Create Space. RICK HUNT illustrated the poems and this makes the second collaboration between Angie and Rick: the first was CAT’ASTROPHE.
FANCY FOOTWORK describes how much living there is to be done.
Asked about the essence of verse and poetry Angie replied: “The poems tell the story of how we dance and spin, sometimes smooth and fluid like water and sometimes taut and on guard like a tight-rope walker. We stretch our legs and learn to sprint. We unfold our wings and take to the skies. Imaginations soar above the trees and into the clouds, and as the air becomes thin, we revert to energy. We are no longer physical entities, no breath, no biology...... just Light. We swoop through space. We dance amongst the stars, batting at stardust to jostle a response from our ancestors. That is what this book is about. Our time on Earth'
Rick Hunt said:
" I am honored to be creating alongside the sparkling spirit that is Angie! I believe the alchemy of our energies together is a perfect fit. I believe that I may be the universe's luckiest artist!.. I have been given yet another opportunity to creatively collaborate with my dear friend Angie Bowie!...This past year I have had the," FUNTASTIC" task of illustrating her poetry, lyrics, visions, and thoughts !... I have spent every waking free moment this past year doing so!... The images and energy/vibrations/spirit that is the embodiment of Angie's visions in her amazing life have so easily merged with my myriad own! In fact, it feels to me that the images I created to enhance Angie's words, emerged, connected, and chemically blossomed together seamlessly like a very successful alchemists ritual!... There seems to be a "mystical" connection between us that allows the creative waters to flow. Images have always come to me in constant waves. Give me a word and I can create an entire mural in moments from it. Multiply that kind of energy by the pages upon pages of Angie's poetry and lyrics and I have stacks upon stacks of drawings in various states of completion. I have also been blessed by Angie's encouragement and enthusiasm for my creative process and her gently guiding me to use more COLOR in my work. I can truly say with confidence that I am really enjoying the addition of these colors in my work. In closing, I feel safe to say that the overall images of my illustrations for this project has captured the spirit of the book and Angie’s poetry.”
Fancy Footwork is available online at CreateSpace and at Amazon.com. Autographed copies are available from www.angiebowie.net
'Cover photo for FANCY FOOTWORK, Sergio Kardenas is gifted with talent and astonishing good looks. Both as director, performer and photographer Sergio helped provide me with the graphics I needed for book covers and my own imaging. Sergio’s photography and recent artwork for book covers and Face Book illustration for the last 8 years has made me very happy and represented me in relationship to the things I find important. Thank you very much.' Angie Bowie
Feat: The Duel, The Gongs, The Smokes , Ecofisk, Tracey Punk , Denis Just Denis
Moon, Bart Barton as The Spirit of Andy Warhol
Location: 12 Bar, Denmark Street Soho (venue now relocated to Holloway Road, Highbury Islington).
By - Aimée Horwich
Source - Entertainment4media
A brand new exhibition, opening in London next month, will explore the relationship between freedom, beauty and the hijab.
Azeri artist, Alexandra Kremer-Khomassouridze's Faces of Freedom photographic series, depicts 50 women from around the world – from different nationalities, backgrounds and professions – and explores their perception of identity in relation to wearing the hijab.
The fascinating, black and white exhibition, which portrays the women in their own clothes and then wearing a hijab, opens at Asia House on 3 February and runs as part of London's second Buta Festival – a celebration of Azerbaijani arts and culture.
Curated by Farah Pirieva, the photographs explore the veil, which has become a hot topic of international debate and controversy. Kremer-Khomassouridze's work embraces the complexity of the issue and the before and after-type images are moving and intimate.
Alexandra said: “No one left my studio the same. Our conversations had a lasting effect on each of the ladies. The complexity of the process was amazing. Some of my models cried and claimed never to wear a hijab again, others responded exactly the opposite, telling me, that they always will.”
The international photographer, who left Azerbaijan in 1989, was inspired to capture the photographs upon returning to the country's capital, Baku, in 2011.
“When I left Azerbaijan the hijab was in decline, particularly among younger women who preferred to wear jeans and mini skirts as a sign that they were embracing a new ideology of multiculturalism.
“When I returned, I was astonished to see young Azeri women choosing to wear the hijab again. I felt like I had discovered a new Baku, full of interesting contrasts where freedom could look different to different people. Faces of Freedom, is my way of interpreting and exploring these differences - the freedom to wear a hijab and the freedom not to wear it.”
Faces of Freedom runs at Asia House from the 3- 15 February 2015.
The 2015 Buta Festival provides a window to the Azeri Arts in London, offering unique insights into a country that is arousing our curiosity. For further information about the festival, visit www.butafestival.com. Updates about all things Buta can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – butafestival.